PASEF Tech Tools Workshops

Welcome to our Tech Tools page for PASEF members!

Spring 2016 workshops:

Comments from previous participants are included at the end of this page.

Questions? Email

PowerPoint Tips
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 am
Location: Goldstein Electronic Classroom, Rm 114, VPDLC
A hands-on workshop restricted to PASEF and ASEF members on PowerPoint. Join us to explore PowerPoint 2013 on PCs. We will look at sharing presentations with colleagues online, improve the design of our slides and work with images and text boxes. Register!

Managing Research Notes with Evernote and iPads
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Time: 10 to 11:30 am
Location: WIC Seminar Room, Rm 124, VPDLC
Description: A hands-on workshop restricted to PASEF and ASEF members on using iPads and tablets with Evernote. Evernote is an easy way to tag and categorize your thoughts, your research articles, and relevant online resources. This workshop will have two sessions. At the first session, participants will explore how a shared Evernote notebook allows easy sharing of materials and research ideas. Participants will be encouraged to set up their own Evernote accounts and explore the platform at home, and return for a followup session one week later on integrating Evernote into their research workflows. Register!

Excel Tips
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Location: Goldstein Electronic Classroom, Rm 114, VPDLC
A hands-on workshop restricted to PASEF and ASEF members. Join us to explore Excel 2013 on PCs. We will discuss the creation and management of tabular data, bringing in new data, sorting and charts. Register!

Library Resources for Faculty
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 10 am to Noon
Location: Kislak Center Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th Floor
Description: This panel discussion will include presentations and discussion on new initiatives at Penn Libraries to support faculty around campus. The event is designed for the members of PASEF and ASEF. Presenters will include Will Noel (Director, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and Director, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies), Dot Porter (Curator of Digital Research Services) and Rebecca Stuhr (Assistant Director for Liaison Services and Coordinator of Humanities Collections). Register!

O365 Email, Groups, and Calendars
Date: Monday, April 18, 2016
Time: 1pm – 2:30pm
Location: Goldstein Electronic Classroom, Rm 114, VPDLC
Description: Join us for a guided tour, followed by time to explore hands-on, the new O365 system. This new Penn-wide system provides powerful tools for email, groups, room reservations, managing lists of people and sharing documents and calendars. Bring your questions! We will have computers available, but please feel free to bring along your laptops and mobile devices. Designed for PASEF and ASEF members. Register!

Getting Your Work Read
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: 12pm – 12:30pm
Location: WIC Seminar Room, Rm 124, VPDLC
Description:  A hands-on workshop restricted to PASEF and ASEF members on Selected Works, a library portal that helps faculty draw more attention to their publications. This is the first of a two-session workshop. At this session, participants learn how to create their profile on the library system. They will collect and organize their publications and add a basic bio. Participants will be encouraged to complete the process on their own and come back for a followup session where they can receive feedback and fine-tune their professional page. Here is one faculty example and the full Penn gallery. Presented by Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Commons Repository Services Manager. Register!

Comments from Participants
We are glad to share comments from participants and details from our fall 2015 workshops below.

“My knowledge of what the library afforded was based on experiences before the online revolution opened new doors. It turns out that there is a treasure trove of resources at the library that I never imagined existed. I am glad that I attended the PASEF workshop so I could catch up on new options that I otherwise might have missed out on!” – Ann Mayer, Associate Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Our Fall 2015 workshops included:

Word Tips: Join Lahari Uppuluri for a customized tour of Microsoft Word. We will explore features including graphic design, layout and ways to bring in content from the web.

Google Scholar: Join Lahari Uppuluri for an in-depth look at Google Scholar. We will search for our own citations, works cited and written by our peers and new research relevant to our fields of study. We will save citations and articles and manage the reading process.

“I found the Google web access workshop excellent, and just at the right level for me. Use of Google Scholar, introduced at the course, has been very helpful to me.” – Paul Rozin, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Streaming Music: Join Stephen Mantz for a hands-on exploration of streaming music through Penn Libraries’ collections and subscriptions. You can enjoy your favorite music from any location!

“I found this course extremely helpful. Walking us through the music collections available through the Penn library was terrific – I used them almost immediately afterward to find a Toscanini performance of a Beethoven symphony to compare with one I had just heard at the Philadelphia Orchestra. The ability to search on composers, performers, etc. is extremely helpful. The instructor was extremely competent and accessible, and made it clear that we could get in touch with questions anytime.” – David Balamuth, Professor of Physics Emeritus

Streaming Video: Join Charles Cobine for a guided tour of Penn Libraries’ film and video collections. We will explore how to watch and share our video content online.

“This course was marvelous. I had no idea such a wide variety of films was available free. I particularly value the Criterion Collection, which has numerous classics to which I enjoy having access. The instructor was knowledgeable and available – it’s nice to put a face with a name and know who to contact with questions.” – David Balamuth, Professor of Physics Emeritus

PowerPoint: Join Liz Crowder for exploration of PowerPoint. We will look at sharing presentations with colleagues online, improve the design of our slides and work with images and text boxes.  

“In Fall 2015, I took two of the workshops offered by Van Pelt librarians for PASEF members–one on Word and the other on Power Point. Both presenters were excellent, and I profited greatly from their guidance. Attendance was low (two and one, respectively), but others’ loss was my gain, as the presenters responded by giving me highly individualized tutorials. In the PowerPoint session, I learned how to prepare graphics that I used in a talk just a couple of weeks later. These workshops are a terrific resource for PASEF members. I hope to take more myself, and strongly recommend them to my PASEF colleagues.” – Jack Nagel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science.

Twitter: Join Anu Vedantham to explore Twitter, a popular social media platform that can be used for research, teaching and general sharing purposes. We will describe academic uses of Twitter, ideas to manage your lists and followers, and techniques for managing information overload.

Voice-over PowerPoint: Join Vickie Karasic to explore voice-over narration in PowerPoint 2013 for PC. In this session, learn how to create voice-over narration on a PowerPoint presentation and export the file to a video. For the first half of the workshop, we will practice on a sample presentation provided in class. The second half will be help and practice on a presentation of choice.

Comments on our iPad workshop from January 2015:

“I found the lecture extremely informative and enabled me to conclude that the iPhone and my Mac systems as the communication and productivity tools, respectively, met virtually all my needs. By providing the information on the use of the iPad, you helped me satisfactorily arrive at my regular usage pattern. Knowledge of the growing choices in digital is a great advantage so I do recommend your efforts to the PASEF folks.” – Jay N. Zemel, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor (Emeritus) of Sensor Technologies

You may also want to register for one of our general workshops.

Questions? Please contact us.

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